The book’s out.
You can order News 2.0 from the pubisher Allen & Unwin
Interviews with the author
A conversation with Colin Peacock on Mediawatch, 6 February 2011
I like talking to Colin Peacock. He interviewed me about News 2.0 today and it was very lively. I think I did a reasonable job.
On Public Address radio with Russell Brown and Damian Christie on 6 February 2011. Can journalism survive the Internet?
Reviews so far
Some reviews of News 2.0.
For the record
This is an excellent book, a must-read for every journalism student, tutor, journalist, media manager and academic media-watcher.
Newzwire Jim Tucker
Hirst is undoubtedly the right person to tackle the job, having previously co-authored Journalism Ethics and Communications and New Media and here all that expertise is used to illuminate the precarious state of journalism in the digital age.
Artshub Matt Millikan
Hirst suggests one of the main reasons people turn online for their news is a mistrust of mainstream media by the public. Overall, the book was an interesting read.
The Fringe Magazine Scott Wilson
And the first…Alan Knight, professor of journalism at UTS, Sydney
Mainstream journalism has failed the public interest, reckons author, Martin Hirst. Citizen journalism is too feeble to provide a viable alternative. The future looks grim.
Fortunately, Dr Hirst believes that pessimism of the intellect should be coupled with optimism of the will.
News 2.0: Can journalism survive the Internet
15 April 2010: The mss is revised, edited, proof-read and with the publisher for typesetting and readying for the printer. The final mss is just under 85,000 words.
I hope it will be available in September.
After the fact:
Monetizing UGNC [April 2010]
Blogging not legally journalism – New Jersey court [April 2010]
The MSS is with the publishers and out for review. All things being equal (which they’re so obviously not) I should know soon what corrections and edits I need to make. It comes in at about 108,000 words and the problem is, of course, that now the book is in production there’s so much going on.
I’ve attempted to keep myself up-to-date by blogging on the issues. Hopefully I will get a chance to make some last minute changes to examples and such, while ensuring that the core arguments and themes remain viable.
Journalism in the Age of YouTube
I am currently working on a book about journalism today – how blogging, social networking and citizen journalism are changing the way journalism is done, marketed and interpreted.
I have set up a search-engine-wiki (swicki) at Eurekster. You can visit there and see what my searches are throwing up and you can add commentary too.
I’m soliciting comments, advice and tips. All will be gratefully acknowledged.
I’m hoping that my visit to London will furnish the time to get some chapters completed. The journey is certainly helping. I’ve added some links to posts on this page. They relate to topics I’m writing about. Feel free to comment, or send suggestions. Anything that gets used will be acknowledged.
Posts on topic
October 23, 2009
In science and science fiction there’s a moment when it all goes to custard for the human race. It’s the singularity – often defined as the time when machines begin to out think humans.
We’re not there yet and I’m comfortable with predictions that it might happen 200 years after my demise. But you can never really trust futurist predictions.
Another very good analysis of Mark Scott’s Melbourne Uni speech which I covered yesterday. This from Trevor Cook at Crikey.com
In other areas too we may come to see the world of the ‘empowered audience’ as deficient. Comment and opinion are everywhere on media sites these days, but there has been no similar expansion in facts, ideas and analysis, Scott’s much-heralded partnerships with the audience, like the barbarians attacking Rome, may be more suited to producing noise and colour than anything more enduring.
But now, anyone can instantly publish on the web. And as long as they have content people want to see and read they will reach millions. The extent of the revolution could not have been seen – the extent of the transformation.
Mark Scott, The Fall of Rome: Media after Empire, 14 October 2009
A nice thought isn’t it? Anyone can now reach an audience of millions if they have content that people want. It’s pleasant to imagine this world; a place free of the media barons, where simple souls like us can wield the once unassailable power of the moguls.
Too bad it’s just a digital myth at this point.
OK, so can you tell me what’s wrong with this picture?
Chinese President Hu Jintao (7th L) poses for a group photo with co-chairpersons of the World Media Summit prior to the summit’s opening ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Oct. 9, 2009. The two-day summit, hosted by Xinhua News Agency, opened here Friday morning. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Talk about a nightmare featuring Men In Black. This comes pretty close.
The Philistine phase of the digital age is almost over. The aggregators and the plagiarists will soon have to pay a price for the co-opting of our content. But if we do not take advantage of the current movement toward paid-for content, it will be the content creators, the people in this hall, who will pay the ultimate price and the content kleptomaniacs will triumph.
Rupert Murdoch, Beijing, October 2009
The writing is on the wall…but actually the content creators were not in Beijing with Rupert Murdoch; they’re scattered across the globe and Murdoch wants their content, he just doesn’t want to pay for it.
UMR Research has today [7 October] released the results of a survey of New Zealanders that show, on the whole, that we don’t trust the news media.
Epic 2015 – what’s beyond the horizon? Posted 12 September. An interview with Matt Thompson, creator of Epic 2014 and Epic 2015 about the future of electronic media.
Journalism of the future – a Missouri perspective Posted 13 September. An overview of some discussions at the Missouri School of Journalism 100th anniversary celebrations.